Next Thursday, February 23rd, you'll have a chance to see a national Broadway production right here in Morganton. According to the CoMMA's website, "PIPPIN" is a " magical, unforgettable production... a high-flying, death-defying hit musical full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of WICKED".
That composer is Stephen Schwartz. According to his website, he has also composed scores for other broadway hits such as Godspell, Pocahontas, & The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
When he's not composing, he's busy raising money for progressive causes. In the wake of the monster bill HB2, last June he teamed up with other famous entertainers to raise money for Equality NC and local LGBT support groups in a benefit called "Broadway Voices For NC".
HB2 remains law in NC despite citizen protest, business boycotts, the loss of jobs, and large sporting events pulling out of the state (the NCAA is threatening to move their March Madness championship games elsewhere for at least 6 years).
In December, legislators failed to reach a compromise regarding the bills repeal. As of now, Governor Roy Cooper has proposed yet another compromise for the bill which includes a strengthening of punishment for crimes committed in public restrooms and a provision that local municipalities give the legislature 30-day notice before enacting any new non-discrimination ordinances.
If the past year is any indication, it is doubtful that this proposal will be the end of the issue. Stephen Schwartz will be donating all proceeds from "Pippin" in the state this year to Equality North Carolina.
“This is in response to HB2, which I consider to be discriminatory and beneath the level of the decent people of North Carolina. While all I can do is not accept any money from work of mine performed in the state, it is my hope that people of good will in North Carolina will prevail in getting this shameful law overturned," Schwartz said regarding the donation.
So head over to the CoMMA website or swing by in person and purchase your tickets today!